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July 2019 Debuts Spotlight

Dive in to July’s delightful debuts!

STAY AND FIGHT by Madeline ffitch

A July 2019 Indie Next Pick!

“As the stakes rise, for both the family and the preservation of the region, the novel skewers stereotypes and offers only a messy, real depiction of people who fully embody the imperative of the novel’s title. This is a stellar novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker

A July 2019 Indie Next Pick + a Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine Book Club pick + 3 starred reviews!

“Smart, articulate, and witty, it will resonate with a huge audience. Highly recommended.“–Library Journal, starred review

“A compulsively readable mystery with a strong message. Don’t miss it.“–Booklist, starred review

“It’s a breezy page-turner of a book, which is the brilliance of it: Under the froth is an unmistakable layer of justified rage. Over-the-top in all the right ways.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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A Meteor Shower of Stars for Macmillan!

These forthcoming titles all received multiple starred reviews!

Fiction

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

“With an aura of both enchantment and authenticity, Bardugo’s compulsively readable novel leaves a portal ajar for equally dazzling sequels.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This atmospheric contemporary novel steeped in the spirit of a mystical New Haven is part mystery, part story of a young woman finding purpose in a dark world, and is the first in a potential series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Adults are just as enamored of Bardugo’s YA novels as teens are, and many have been anxiously and curiously awaiting this one.”–Booklist, starred review

MACHINE by Susan Steinberg

“Teenagers spend a hazy summer at the shore. One girl comes to terms with both her emerging independence and the mysterious death of a girl just like her… Heartbreaking, eerie, and acutely observant.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“What makes this tale so thrilling is Steinberg’s artistry with form; she fractures narrative into its fundamental parts. Steinberg writes prose with a poet’s sense of meter and line, and a velocity recalling the novels of Joan Didion. The result is a dizzying work that perfectly evokes the feeling of spinning out of control.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Sneak Peek: August 2019 Indie Next List

Congrats to Macmillan’s August 2019 Indie Next Listers!

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center

2 starred reviews!

“Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The follow-up to Center’s breakout hit, HOW TO WALK AWAY (2018), in which Cassie had a brief cameo, has all the hallmarks that made readers fall in love with the previous book: an appealing (if guarded, in this case) heroine, a compelling love story, a tearjerking twist, and a thoroughly absorbing story. Another winner from Center.”–Booklist, starred review

THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin

A July 2019 LibraryReads Pick!

“This novel is pure entertainment… cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room–the only key to freedom is turning the last page!”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Four Stars for GIDEON THE NINTH

Swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers–oh my! Tamsyn Muir’s debut GIDEON THE NINTH now has FOUR starred reviews!

“Muir’s debut fuses science fiction, mystery, horror, fantasy, action, adventure, political intrigue, deadly dark humor, and a dash of romance with a healthy serving of skeletons and secrets and the spirit of queer joy. This extraordinary opening salvo will leave readers dying to know what happens next.“–Booklist, starred review

“From the mad science joys of necromantic theory to the deliciously ever-evolving tension between Gideon and Harrow, this adventurous novel not only embraces its strangeness but wrings delight from it. The result is an addictive, genre-bending book that will wow readers with its vibrant energy, endearing cast, and emotional gut-punch of a finale.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

At once sarcastic, sincere, heart-wrenching, and honest pulpy enjoyment, filled with dark magic, swordplay, and lesbian necromancers, Muir’s debut is a fantastic sf/fantasy blend. Readers will discuss this journey for a long time and be clamoring for the next installment.”–Library Journal, starred review

“This debut novel, the first of a projected trilogy, blends science fiction, fantasy, gothic chiller, and classic house-party mystery… Suspenseful and snarky, with surprising emotional depths.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Day’s YA – RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Now that it’s officially summer, I present to you the Ultimate Beach Read.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
9781250316776
Available now from St. Martin’s Griffin
New Adult

Alex Claremont-Diaz is American royalty. He’s the son of the first female president and rules the White House gossip ring with his sister June and the VP’s granddaughter, Nora .

Henry is actual royalty. As the Prince of Wales, he is the golden boy of the British Isles . . . and Alex’s #1 enemy.

When photos of a major confrontation are leaked to the press, Alex and Henry are forced into a fake friendship. To their scheming PR teams, the plan is foolproof—Alex and Henry will attend functions together, pose for photos, and smile, smile, smile. But what happens when sworn enemies fall in love? Could a secret romance lead to a scandal of international proportions?

I know this one isn’t technically YA, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this fun and sexy New Adult romance with you. Anyone who has heard me talk about books at all recently has heard me gush about RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE. This book is like getting a big hug from your best friend—it’s comforting and weird and hopeful and queer AF (which, incidentally, also describes my best friend).

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For Your Consideration: September 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite September 2019 titles for the September 2019 LibraryReads list!

Votes due August 1!

DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz

“Cruz’s winning novel will linger in the reader’s mind long after the close of the story.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A moving, sad, and sometimes disarmingly funny take on migration and the forces that propel us into the world.”–Kirkus Reviews

WHAT ROSE FORGOT by Nevada Barr

“Thrilling action, madcap humor, and a larger-than-life cast energize this cleverly plotted take on a traditional mystery. Barr surprises and entertains from start to finish.”–Publishers Weekly

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist has deemed these adult titles to be
perfect for teen readers . . . and we agree!

NATURALLY TAN by Tan France
From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation Queer Eye, Tan France’s memoir has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of one of the few openly gay, South Asian men on television.

“In many ways, this is a coming-of-age memoir; France met his first boyfriend and began his career in fashion at 17. Teen fans will be interested.” —Booklist, YA Interest

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
This debut novel from the Hugo-award-winning Sarah Gailey combines the mainstream fantasy appeal of The Magicians with the twists of Tana French’s investigative noir series.

“A magical boarding school will always bewitch YAs; add in the teen subplots and you’ve got a sure thing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Megan Goldin’s Debut THE ESCAPE ROOM is a July 2019 LibraryReads Pick + Linda Castillo Enters the Hall of Fame!

Librarians know best! You’ve chosen Megan Goldin’s THE ESCAPE ROOM as a July 2019 LibraryReads pick!

“This novel is pure entertainment… cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room–the only key to freedom is turning the last page!”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Thriller fans will eagerly turn the pages to see what happens next.”–Publishers Weekly

And Linda Castillo enters the Hall of Fame with her third LibraryReads pick, SHAMED.

June 2019 Debut Spotlight

Check out these fresh faces (aka debuts) hitting shelves this month!

THE HISTORY OF LIVING FOREVER by Jake Wolff

June 2019 Indie Next Pick + 2 starred reviews!

“The epic sweep and sly humor in the midst of enormous anguish will remind readers of Michael Chabon’s work as they relish this heady exploration of grief, alchemy, and love.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] wild, hilarious, and moving adventure…”–Booklist, starred review

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

PW Best Book of the Summer + Library Journal Editors’ Pick & Best Debut + 2 starred reviews + June Indie Next Pick!

“Winslow’s heroine isn’t easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Macmillan Library @ BookExpo: ALMA Book Buzz

Last week, we presented our favorite forthcoming titles during the Adult Library Marketers Association’s [ALMA] Book Buzz, and for anyone who missed out, here’s the goods:

AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | 1/21/20 | 9781250209764 | Flatiron Books
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | 10/1/19 | 9781250265708 | St. Martin’s Press
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL | Kit Rocha | 5/12/20 | 9781250256294 | Tor Books
FIND ME | André Aciman | 10/29/19 | 9780374155018 | Farrar, Straus & Giroux
GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, A | Therese Anne Fowler | 2/4/20 | 9781250237279 | St. Martin’s Press
ME | Elton John | 10/15/19 | 9781250147608 | Henry Holt & Co.
NINTH HOUSE | Leigh Bardugo | 10/1/19| 9781250313072 | Flatiron Books
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | 2/4/20 | 9781250219596 | Celadon Books

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